Welcome, 2009. You've been a long time coming, and yes, I've been waiting for you.

2008, I'm a little sorry to see you go. You replaced your terrorist predecessor, 2007, and for that I'm forever grateful. You saw me get up off the bathroom floor (where I had spent so much of the last of 2007). You afforded me with the opportunity to let go of the things I couldn't control.

You helped me say goodbye to some hurtful, destructive people in my life ... more than one. You gave me a little, brightly packaged gift and handed it to me shyly. Imagine my surprise when I opened it cautiously and then giggled when I saw that you had given me that ever so hard to find perspective.

I loved your May, felt passionate about your July, grieved again in September, let myself experience all new things in November ... and cautiously courted your December, knowing our friendship was fast coming to a close.

You're gone, now, existing only in experience and shared memory. I miss you already.

2009, I admit, I'm a little afraid of you. You're such an undefined presence in my life, and no matter what, you're going to happen. You'll be bringing a lot of change. I hope you bring it kindly. I'll be giving you all that I have, understanding fully, thanks to 2008, that I have nothing to hold back.

{Please be gracious. Oh, please, be gracious ....}


  1. Sarah on January 1, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Ya know, Lisa, I've always thought of you as a mature, thoughtful woman. Even when you were so young and just out of school, you had so much more...depth...than others your age. This coming year will bring you what you need, and what you deserve, which is nothing but prosperity and joy.

  2. t i m on January 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    all the best for 2009. :)

  3. Jorge on January 3, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Given the tenor of your words, I suspect 2009 will be a year filled with more pleasant surprises than the fears you have voiced. Happy New Year,

  4. Sarah's Blog on January 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Happy New YEAR!!!
    I think in 2009 you should write a book... I love reading your blogs. I hope this year brings you many many MANY blessings! Love ya

  5. Elizabeth on January 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    2009 will be the best years you have had in a long time, I can just feel it. It will be even better if I can get on full time with Regence, because then I'll be able to afford a trip East to see you and so that you can meet your "niece". :0) Hugs to you!

  6. Ronna on January 4, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    I love the way you think =] When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Really and truly just like you. I have a long long long way to go.

    I love you madly my friend! If ever anyone deserved a good year, it is you.

  7. Fairlightday on January 20, 2009 at 5:28 AM

    Thinking of you Lisa and praying for the most amazing and blessed year yet, just for you.

  8. Paulette Harper on January 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    All of life, all that is, is connected in the great spirals of life.

    It all began with a single Dream, given form through thought and spoken into being and sustained by the Will of God.

    When we allow His will to become our own the nature of God can becomes our primary way of thinking and relating to life. And in that moment and many more that cannot help but to follow, we learn what it is to be used of God. And that my sweet friend, is Grace.

    And my life is so much richer because you are in it. ((huggs))Paulette


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